Thomas Brown Morton Esq. was of Castlenode, Strokestown, Co Roscommon. (So you should join the civil parish of Bumlin and check out Strokestown House as the Mortons would have been agents for Mahon. There will be records pertaining to these Mortons Esq. at Strokestown Park & famine museum.
Susannah Hawkes was probably the dau. of John Hawkes (d.1828) of Portanure, Newtowncashel, County Longford. (Please also connect this post the civil parish of Cashel). Her father was living the Morton Estate at Castlenode when he died in 1828...
COUNTIES OF ROSCOMMON & LONGFORD
John Thomas Cramer Esq.,’ surviving Executor of Marmaduke Cramer, who was surviving Executor of Josiah George Hurt, Esq., deceased, Plaintiff.
Thomas Morton, Lewis Hawkes Morton, William Morton, and several others, Defendants.
PURSUANT to the Decree of his Majesty's High Court of Chancery, in Ireland, made in this Cause, bearing date the 8th day of August, 1828, I do hereby require all Creditors and Legatees of John Hawkes, formerly of Portanure, in the County of Longford, but late of Castlenode, in the County of Roscommon, Esq., deceased, affecting the Lands and Premises in the pleadings in this Cause mentioned, situate in the Counties of Roscommon and Longford, late the Estate of the said John Hawkes, to come in before me, at my Chambers on the Inns Quay, Dublin, and prove and ascertain their demands, on or before the 1st of December next; otherwise they will be precluded the benefit of the said Decree. Dated this 28th day of October 1828. J. S. TOWNSEND. Gerald O'Reilly, Solicitor for the Plaintiff, No. 18, North Frederick Street, Dublin. [Dublin Evening Packet and Correspondent - 22 November 1828, p1]
In Griffith's Primary Valuation of 1857, Castlenode House was valued at £8 in the name of George Walpole who held the lease to al 233 acres of Castlenode. He was succeeded by Thomas Walpole and this family remained there well into the 20th century.
JOHN MORTON ESQ of CASTLENODE
In 1817 Lewis Hawkes Morton was in custody in the Sherriff's Prison for upaid debts owed to a very long string of creditors, to include Widow Olivia Morton of Castlenode and the Lord Baron Hartland of Strokestown House. [Dublin Evening Post - 18 January 1817].
In 1809, GREYFIELD alias the lands of Aughervoy (south-east of Strokestown) see Aughavorney, Curraghroe was offered to let as part of the estate of Olivia, the widow of John Morton Esq and executrix of his will in 1808. Their estate also included part of the lands of Old Park & Curragh, Balm-hill, and Ballyard. [Dublin Evening Post - 25 February 1809]
In 1824, Bogwood is recorded as Carrrowintoher in the Tithe Applotment Books where the name L. H. Morton Esq. is recorded holding 40 Irish acres.
It looks like Lewis Sr. was still in financial difficulty in 1830...
INSOLVENT DEBTORS Petitions to be heard June 23rd: Lewis Hawkes Morton, Bogwood County Roscommon, and late of Upper Dominick-street, Dublin, gent. [Dublin Morning Register - Thursday 03 June 1830]
Insolvent Debtors. In the Matter of Lewis Hawkes Morton, an Insolvent UPON the motion of Mr. Creighton, of Counsel with Olivia Morton, Widow, and Administratrix of John Morton, deceased, a creditor of said Insolvent, and on reading the affidavit of said Olivia Morton, it is ordered by the Court that Joseph Johnston, and John O’Beirne, be removed signees, and that the appointment of an Assignee in their stead be fixed to take place before this Court, on the 29th day of October next, unless good cause be shown to the contrary... [Saunders's News-Letter - 13 October 1830 ]
In 1837, his wife Anne Morton (the natural daughter of Johnston Moreton) died...
- The following marriages appear on record for Bogwood:
- MARRIED 25 Sep 1826 at St John's Co Roscommon, Mr Charles Morton of Bogwood Esq. to Henrietta, dau of the late Maurice Neligan of Belmont Co Meath.
- In September 1830, Robert J. Morton of Bogwood applied to register his freehold of 10 pounds for the "lands of Bogwood, Barony of Ballintubber" [Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - 27 March 1830]
- MARRIED January 1832: Lewis Hawkes Morton, of Bogwood, in the County of Roscommon, Esq., to Charlotte Newcomen, of Clonard, in the County Longford. [Dublin Weekly Mail - 04 February 1832]
- DIED At Bogwood, in the county Roscommon, Anne, wife of Lewis Hawkes Morton Esq. [Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - Saturday 11 March 1837]
- MARRIED, Nov 6 1839 in Kilgifflin church, by the Rev W Beech. Henry Edward, eldest son of Surgeon McManus of Longford, to Margaret, youngest daughter of the late Lewis Hawks Morton, Esq., of Bogwood, in this county [Roscommon & Leitrim Gazette - Saturday 16 November 1839]
- DIED At Cloonahard, Charlotte, relict of Lewis H. Morton, Esq. of Bogwood, county Roscommon. [Freeman's Journal - Thursday 25 May 1848].
Charles Hawkes Morton (1839-1923) was the youngest son of Thomas Morton Esq. and Sarah Hawkes of Castlenode. His baptismal record at Bumlin Church of Iireland is 22-Mar-1847. His siblings were Theodoria Morton b. 1839, John Morton b. 1840, Robert Morton b. 1841, Susan Morton b. 1845, and Thomasina Morton b. 1849.
THE LATE MR CHARLES HAWKES MORTON, RUANE, KILGLASS.
The daily papers of the past week contained a brief announcement of the death of Mr Chas. Morton at the age of 84 years. By the older members of the community, it will be recollected that the late Mr Morton was one of the first Protestant Home Rulers in the county to take the public platform with the late Charles Stewart Parnell. He was a fluent speaker and addressed many meetings in the old Land League and stormy Plan of Campaign days. Being a farmer on an extensive scale he had practical experience of the difficulties the tenant farmers had to contend with. He was an authority on economic problems and the letters over his name on agriculture and kindred subjects in the public Press attracted considerable attention. He was a connection the famous Hawkes family of Briarfield [Castlerea] through his mother. Personally, he was extremely popular. was a Grand Juror and magistrate under the old regime, but for many years, owing to declining health, had ceased taking any part in public affairs. [Roscommon Messenger - Saturday 05 May 1923 ]